Malcolm X Grandson Killed in Mexico: Report

May 9, 2013 Updated: July 18, 2015

The grandson of civil rights leader Malcolm X was killed in Mexico, according to a report from the Amsterdam News.

The publication said the U.S. Embassy confirmed that Malcolm Shabazz, the grandson, died early on Thursday morning.

Details about his death are still sketchy, but the News says there have been unconfirmed reports he was robbed. He was either shot or thrown off a building, it added.

“I’m confirming, per U.S. Embassy, on behalf of family, the tragic death of Malcolm Shabazz, grandson of Malcolm X.Statement frm family 2 come,” Shabazz family friend Terrie M. Williams tweeted.

He is survived by his two daughters, his mother, and aunts.

In February, Shabazz was arrested by the FBI while he was trying to travel to Iran to “attend a conference on Hollywoodism,” reported state-run Press TV.

In 1997, when he was 12, Shabazz set a fire in his grandmother’s house in New York City. The blaze left Dr. Betty Shabazz, the wife of Malcom X, seriously injured, according to the New York Times. She later died of injuries sustained in the fire.